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Publisher's Summary

Edgar Award finalist Victoria Thompson colorfully portrays the prejudices and hardships of turn-of-the-century New York City.

Called to Chinatown to deliver a baby, midwife Sarah Brandt soon helps search for a missing girl. But nobody seems to know where she is. Has she been sold to a brothel, or has she run off with a secret love?

©2007 Victoria Thompson (P)2008 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Vividly recreates the gaslit world of Old New York." ( Publishers Weekly)

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    4 out of 5 stars

This is the 9th book in the series.

This book is one of the later books in a series, but this is the first audiobook. If you haven’t read the first books I can’t imagine too many people liking this book. If this is the first book in the series that you've read then I think it would be boring to some since you wouldn't have the background of the character. If you like the other books then you’ll like this one. I enjoy her books but they aren’t for everyone. In each book it’s been very easy to determine who committed the crime long before the characters in the book figure it out. What I enjoy about the book is the interaction between the two characters. There’s no sex or language in her books, I think it’s what some people call a “cozy mystery”.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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So sad!

Would you consider the audio edition of Murder In Chinatown to be better than the print version?

NA

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Good story. All of the books in the series have been good. Entertaining. Great history. Very enjoyable.

What didn’t you like about Suzanne Toren’s performance?

Everything! I LOVED this series until this first book with the new narrator. It is amazing how the narrator changes the character of a book. Sadly, I don't like Frank Malloy anymore. Sara Brant has aged 20 years. The next door neighbor is now irritating. I am so sad because I have 10? more books in the series, but I won't listen to them. I really have not had such an extreme reaction to a narrator before.

Any additional comments?

I'm sure she is a fine narrator, I just don't like her for these books. Especially since I had gotten used to the earlier narrator, who molded my expectations of the characters and my relationship to them. The expectations were shattered with the new narrator. I don't know these characters any more! Probably good advice, don't change narrators mid series if possible.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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An author to follow

A new mystery writer to follow! Not only did I get to learn more about the Chinese/American experience in early New York, I got involved in a good mystery about a young Chinese/Irish girl's murder. I did figure out who done it but not until almost the end. I want more! More mystery! More info on a detective who works under Teddy Roosevelt! More about the midwife who seems to get involved in his cases!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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They can’t all be perfect!

Moving along with my binge-listen of the Gaslight series, I think Book 9 is my least favourite so far. The Chinatown setting didn’t hold my interest but as usual the personal lives of Frank and Sarah is keeping me moving through the volumes.

On to Book 10.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another GREAT gaslight mystery

I really love the way Victoria Thompson takes her time to develop the various relationships among characters in this series. The murder mystery stories are just as well developed. Excellent reading is reliable in these books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • connie
  • Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 09-10-10

maddeningly mundane

I do not like "edge-of-seat" thrillers, but this was positively edge-of-sleep material.

The basic mystery was good, but too obvious to all except the sleuths. A good period cozy compensates by richness of period detail. While the author provides some information on the period, it's not woven well into the text. The characters and especially dialogue were very modern day, not turn of the century. The narration somehow reinforced that modern feel.

I'll give the author credit for not relying on gratutitous violence or sex to tell her tale, though. I'd try a mystery written by her set in modern day but will not download any more of her period mysteries -- She doesn't have that touch, at least not in this installment in her series.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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New Narrator after 8 Books

The book was excellent, but the new narrator really threw my husband and I off at first. She was good but took some time getting used to.

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Disappointing Narration

Narrator was horrible. Almost didn't finish it was so bad. I hope the next book has someone better.

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Narrator Completely Changed the Characters for Me

I really liked these books a great deal. The first books were easy to listen to and I grew to really enjoy the characters. With this book, the new narrator's interpretation of the characters changed them too much for my liking. Malloy, the lead male character now sounds smarmy and impatient. Maeve, a minor character sounds like she should be from a story set in the 1930s. I'll move on to a new series for a while and come back to see if the next book is any better.

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new narrator

new narrator should have listened to previous narrator's version of charcters, especially Molloy. Really made it difficult to listen to.